100 episodes

The OYNB podcast will inspire you to take, or support you through a 28, 90 or 365 day alcohol-free challenge. Transform your life by changing your relationship with alcohol. Kick start your healthy habits and reconnect with your true self.

One Year No Beer | Hack your healthy Lifestyle Ruari Fairbairns & Andy Ramage

    • Fitness
    • 4.9, 8 Ratings

The OYNB podcast will inspire you to take, or support you through a 28, 90 or 365 day alcohol-free challenge. Transform your life by changing your relationship with alcohol. Kick start your healthy habits and reconnect with your true self.

    Rising to the Challenge: Drew Schapper | OYNB 100

    Rising to the Challenge: Drew Schapper | OYNB 100

    Drew Schapper leads an interesting life. He’s a musician who plays with a band, and an academic who’s currently working on writing a book. And on top of that, he’s a dad and a husband. He’s also a One Year No Beer member who’s joining today’s podcast to discuss what his alcohol-free journey has been like. 
    Drew joined One Year No Beer in September 2018 and has about 520 days alcohol-free as of this recording. In today’s interview, he explains that he’d been a binge drinker since he was about 13 years old. He found himself struggling with binge drinking as time went on, and he found himself doing things that were putting his marriage in jeopardy. 
    “Initially, I was so worried about what people would think and all this kind of stuff, but then I realized they’re wrapped up in their own things, problems, and whatever.”
    Drew talks about what it was like for him to find One Year No Beer and start his alcohol-free journey. He initially looked into AA but found that it wasn’t the right fit for him. However, he liked the challenge aspect of OYNB and decided to give that a try instead. He started out with a 28-day challenge and moved on to three months and then a year. 
    Drew credits the community at One Year No Beer with helping him when he felt like he might be ready to backslide. He describes going out with his band to perform shortly after he started his alcohol-free journey and seeing the pints of beer in the venue where he was performing. He knew that he wanted to drink and turned to the ONYB forum for help to resist, and that was what got him through the crisis. 
    Listen in to hear more about Drew’s journey, his work and writing, and how he benefitted from and contributed to the One Year No Beer community. 
    LINKS & RESOURCES 
    OYNB LINKS
    OYNB MasterMind Program: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/mastermind/
    OYNB Website: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/ 
    OYNB Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Oneyearnobeer/ 
    OYNB Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/199505820380513/ 
    OYNB Twitter: https://twitter.com/oynbuk/ 
    OYNB Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oneyearnobeer/ 

    • 47 min
    Sobriety and Allyship: Scott Pearson | OYNB 099

    Sobriety and Allyship: Scott Pearson | OYNB 099

    As the idea of creating spaces for people who want to change their relationship with alcohol continues to grow, it’s only natural that people will start to create spaces for those who want to change their relationship with alcohol and also have life experiences and perspectives that are outside of the majority. That’s what today’s guest, Scott Pearson, is doing with Proud and Sober, an online social platform geared toward supporting those in the LGBT+ community who have decided to change their relationships with alcohol. 
    In today’s episode, Scott describes his own experiences with getting sober. He explains that he knew when he was 25 that he needed to stop drinking, but he grappled with the decision for a couple of years before finally giving the alcohol up for good. He talks about the specific challenges faced by people in their 20s who want to give up drinking in an alcohol-soaked youth culture. 
    “I just woke up one morning after way too many drinks the night before and I knew that that was it.”
    Scott discovered that there was a sober community out there that was willing to help and support people on their journey to becoming alcohol-free, and that community helped him on his journey as well. However, he also found that there were far fewer young people speaking about the experience of giving up alcohol. He also discovered that there weren’t many LGBT+ people who were talking publicly about what it was like to give up drinking. Scott wanted to hear more of those voices, and that desire is what gave him the idea to work on creating Proud and Sober. 
    In today’s interview, Scott also talks about the importance of allyship, and what it really means to be an ally. He describes situations that he experienced when he felt alone and could have used an ally. He also speaks about the universal nature of allyship – how the definition of allyship is fundamentally the same to the Black community, the LGBT+ community, the Jewish community, and so on. He discusses the actions that an ally should take and how they can speak up for the communities that they’re allied with. Listen to the episode to hear more about Scott’s journey and his goals for the future. 
    LINKS & RESOURCES 
    OYNB LINKS
    OYNB MasterMind Program: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/mastermind/
    OYNB Website: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/ 
    OYNB Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Oneyearnobeer/ 
    OYNB Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/199505820380513/ 
    OYNB Twitter: https://twitter.com/oynbuk/ 
    OYNB Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oneyearnobeer/ 
    Scott Pearson’s Links
    Website: https://www.proudandsober.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/proudandsober/

    • 30 min
    Becoming a MasterMind: Chris Laping | OYNB 098

    Becoming a MasterMind: Chris Laping | OYNB 098

    One Year No Beer can change your relationship with alcohol. But it can also open the door for you to change your life on even more fundamental levels, and that’s what you’ll hear discussed in today’s episode. 
    In today’s show, Ruari speaks with Chris Laping, Jen, and Damien about the MasterMind program. Chris begins by sharing his One Year No Beer journey and how he got involved in the leadership of the MasterMind program. He explains how he was drawn to the MasterMind program in the first place and what it was like to jump into it. He describes what happens during the MasterMind program and what parts of the program he was most affected by. He also talks about the changes and reactions that he sees from others who are going through the MasterMind program. 
    “Sometimes, the smallest tweaks in our life create a breakthrough.”
    Jen joins the group to talk about her own experiences with OYNB and joining the MasterMind program. Jen is a 365, One Year No Beer Legend and she also participated during every single day of her time in the MasterMind program. She explains that she almost decided not to sign up for the program, but that doing so was the right decision because it helped her get past the hump in her alcohol-free journey. She explains what changed for her and what surprised her about her experience in the MasterMind program. 
    Damien was part of the April MasterMind program. He explains where he was in his life when he found the One Year No Beer program – a driven corporate man, focused on success, who was looking for ways to improve himself, and specifically to get more time. Eventually, he came to the realization that what he needed to do was to stop drinking. He found the 28 Day Challenge on Amazon and later joined the online group. In March, he was still part of the group and working on staying alcohol-free, but he was at a low point in many ways. Around that time, he saw the ad for the MasterMind group and decided to go for it. 
    During today’s conversation, Ruari and the others also read and respond to comments from group members. Listen in to today’s episode for insights about how OYNB and MasterMind can help you change your life and make it into the life that you’ve always wanted. 
    LINKS & RESOURCES 
    OYNB LINKS
    OYNB MasterMind Program: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/mastermind/
    OYNB Website: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/ 
    OYNB Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Oneyearnobeer/ 
    OYNB Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/199505820380513/ 
    OYNB Twitter: https://twitter.com/oynbuk/ 
    OYNB Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oneyearnobeer/ 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Power of Healthy Choices: Dani Stevens | OYNB 097

    The Power of Healthy Choices: Dani Stevens | OYNB 097

    Dani Stevens is a motivational speaker and a social media powerhouse. She runs a lifestyle website with a focus on health, wellness, and nutrition and has amassed a large following on platforms like Instagram and Facebook. She’s also a mom to four children. She joins the podcast today to talk about her life and her own personal journey with alcohol. 
    Dani is originally from Melbourne, Australia, and currently lives between Byron Bay and Gold Coast where, she explains, the sun shines 300 days a year. In today’s interview, Dani describes where it all started – how she had four children under the age of six, and how her life changed when she began using a hashtag on Instagram to talk about making healthy choices for her family. 
    “We’re here to really guide these humans because, in today’s world, there are just so many lost children because parents are lost.”
    Dani describes what it was like to suddenly have that recognition and what her goals are for posting about healthy lifestyle choices and nutrition. She talks about the importance of doing what you can do with the resources that you have available. 
    Dani also talks about her experiences with alcohol. Despite being known for speaking and posting about healthy choices, Dani developed a very unhealthy relationship with alcohol. She describes using alcohol to avoid things that she couldn’t cope with, to numb herself, and to avoid searching within to find answers about the things that were bothering her. Things came to a head for Dani when her oldest son called her on the contradiction between her messages to others about healthy living and her own unhealthy behaviors. 
    At the time of this recording, Dani has 148 days of sobriety. She talks about what she learned about drinking from watching her parents and how children generally learn from their parents’ actions and behaviors. She talks about the importance of surrounding yourself with supportive people and the difficulties of navigating social situations when you’re not drinking. She also discusses some of the projects that she’s working on and things that she’s looking forward to.  
    LINKS & RESOURCES 
    OYNB LINKS
    OYNB Website: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/ 
    OYNB Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Oneyearnobeer/ 
    OYNB Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/199505820380513/ 
    OYNB Twitter: https://twitter.com/oynbuk/ 
    OYNB Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oneyearnobeer/ 
    DANI STEVENS’S LINKS
    Website: https://danistevens.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danistevens/?hl=en
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danistevens/

    • 43 min
    A Message of Hope: Andre Norman | OYNB 096

    A Message of Hope: Andre Norman | OYNB 096

    Thanks to the tragic killing of a black man by a white police officer in Minnesota, the world is experiencing a period of unrest – and perhaps of enlightenment as well. People around the world are questioning their own beliefs about race and the way that their institutions handle racial issues and conflict. The conversations that have sprung up from this incident and the subsequent outcry of protests and demonstrations are often difficult, but they’re necessary. Today’s guest, Andre Norman, has his own story to tell and an important perspective to contribute. 
    Andre Norman’s story isn’t what most people would expect. Andre grew up in poverty, underachieved in school, and started down a path of criminality in middle school. As a young man, Andre was sentenced to over a hundred years in prison, and there he became known as one of the top gang leaders in his state. It looked as though that was going to be his life for the rest of his life, however long that happened to be. But then something changed. 
    “I got a whole building full of people with the same capacity, have the same skill set, but the world doesn't see them as valuable.”
    Andre describes his moment of epiphany as God speaking to him. It was just a brief statement, but it was long enough for Andre to reconsider what he was doing, and it sparked a change. Instead of fighting other prisoners, Andre began fighting to get out and to become successful. He set goals for himself. He was going to get out. He was going to go to Harvard. He was going to be a success. And he didn’t just set goals, he made a plan to achieve those goals. He got his GED. He attended counseling and anger management. He spent time in the law library of the prison, learning the law. 
    And Andre’s plans were successful. He worked long and hard on himself, and 14 years later, he was let out of prison. He became a Harvard fellow and an international speaker. He’s known as the Ambassador of Hope. He’s negotiated with riot leaders in prisons. He teaches other prisoners how they can turn their lives around. He works with families who have experienced tragedy, such as the father of Michael Brown from Ferguson, Missouri. 
    In today’s episode, Andre shares his story in his own words, and talks about the meaning of privilege and the effects of racism on Black people and Black communities. Andre also talks about his work with people who are struggling with addictions and other difficulties. Andre’s message is uniquely suited for this moment in history, so listen in to hear it in his own words. 
    LINKS & RESOURCES 
    OYNB LINKS
    OYNB Website: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/ 
    OYNB Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Oneyearnobeer/ 
    OYNB Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/199505820380513/ 
    OYNB Twitter: https://twitter.com/oynbuk/ 
    OYNB Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oneyearnobeer/ 
    ANDRE NORMAN’S LINKS
    Andre Norman’s Website: https://andrenorman.com/ 
    Andre on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrenorman21
    Andre on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/andrenorman/

    • 56 min
    Discovering Your Talents: Athena Simpson | OYNB 095

    Discovering Your Talents: Athena Simpson | OYNB 095

    It’s always interesting to hear the stories of regular people who change their relationship with alcohol and end up changing their lives in the process. What can you do when you’re not being held back by alcohol? Could you have amazing adventures and achieve physical feats that you previously didn’t believe you were capable of? Today’s guest did. 
    When Athena Simpson decided to give One Year No Beer a try, she was remembering a time in the past when she’d given up drinking for a significant period of time. She remembered what she felt like during that period, and she wanted to see if she could achieve that feeling again. She knew that she was drinking too much, so she decided to sign up for a One Year No Beer challenge and give that a try. 
    “I just remembered feeling superhuman and I wanted that feeling back.”
    The experience wasn’t without its difficulties. Athena says that she didn’t do much over the first month without alcohol, other than sleep. She recalls seeing others in the group who were further along in their alcohol-free journeys and wondering if she could achieve anything like that. But slowly, she started working on other parts of herself as well. One important thing she did was rejoin a class she had tried before – an aerial silks class that involved doing physical tricks with silks hanging from the ceilings. She remembers that when she’d taken the class before, she often came to class hungover and didn’t make much progress. Without the hangovers to contend with, she gained skills and became more and more interested in the activity.
    At the same time, Athena was struggling with both her working and living situation. Feeling empowered by her new skills and her success at staying alcohol-free, Athena decided to join a Circus Collective which allowed her to do a residency with circus performers, to live and train with them. She applied and was accepted and headed to Indonesia. As Athena says, she was literally running away to join the circus. 
    The residency was an amazing experience for Athena. She learned the routine, trained, sustained an injury and recovered, and even ended up performing on a mainstage at a Guatemalan New Year’s Eve festival. 
    Athena’s journey wasn’t all idyllic. In today’s interview, she discusses grappling with feelings of anger and learning tools to cope with periodic waves of depression. But she’s also had some incredible experiences and major personal growth. She’s gotten to do things that she probably never would have been able to do if she was still drinking regularly. And at the time of this episode, she’s reached 500 days alcohol-free. Athena’s story shows just how transformative an alcohol-free challenge can be. 
    LINKS & RESOURCES 
    OYNB LINKS
    OYNB Website: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/ 
    OYNB Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Oneyearnobeer/ 
    OYNB Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/199505820380513/ 
    OYNB Twitter: https://twitter.com/oynbuk/ 
    OYNB Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oneyearnobeer/ 

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
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8 Ratings

Del ryan ,

Amazing podcast from an amazing movement!

I signed up to one year no beer a few months ago after getting sick and tired of feeling sick and tired of weekend hangovers . I'm now on day 44 and planing to hit 90 days.
This podcast is a fantastic complement to the facebook group and website.
Andy and ruari are a breath of fresh air and offer an alternative view point to the regular drinking that so many people seem to have fallen into.

Onwards and upwards.

Galway Gary ,

Life Changing

I joined One Year No Beer to take a little break from booze with some like minded people. The experience has a continues to change my life. The guys who run this are amazingly supportive and generous with their time. I can’t recommend it highly enough!

Caromono ,

Best thing I’ve done

Support was fantastic. Each email on those 90 days prepared you for all the ups and the downs of going AF. Day 262 and it keeps getting better. I’m in control of my own choices ALWAYS

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